N.B. Information given below is derived mostly from Bayerisches Geoinstiut (BGI)

Ahmed El Goresy, born in 1933, is a famous cosmochemist, homored by the Astronomcal Union in 2002. 

He grew in an Egyptian family with profound linguistic Arabic backgroud. His grandfather was a professor at the Al-Azhar University, speciallized in Arabic phonetics and history of medicine during the Abbaside Khalifat times.   




  • 1955 B. Sc. In Mineralogy and Petrology University of Heleolpolis, Cairo, Egypt
  • 1961 Dr. rer. nat. University of Heidelberg in opaque mineral petrology of igneous rocks.


Professional Experience:

  • 1961-1963 Research mineralogist at the Egyptian Geological Survey, Cairo, Egypt.
  • 1963-1967 Post-doctoral fellow at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik in Heidelberg.
  • 1967-1969 Post-doctoral fellow at the Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington D.C.
  • 1969-1998 Senior scientist at Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik in Heidelberg and Professor at Universität Heidelberg.
  • 1983-1984 Fairchild Distinguished Scholar at California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA.
  • 1994 Guest Professor at the Muséum National d`Histoire Naturelle in Paris.
  • 1998-2005 Honorary Professor at Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie in Mainz.
  • 2005-present Guest at Bayerisches Geoinstiut


Research Interests:

Oxygen isotopic compositions of Solar Nebula earliest condensates. Carbon and Nitrogen isotopic compositions of graphite in primitive meteorites. Shock-induced high-pressure phase transitions in meteorites and in terrestrial impact craters.


  • 1972 Victor Moritz Goldschmidt Award, German Mineralogical Society (Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft).
  • 2002 Asteroid 1981EK8 (discovered 1981) was baptized El Goresy by the International Astronomical Union in recognition of his "outstanding contributions in improving our knowledge of the composition, structure and evolution of meteorites and their parent bodies".
  • 2003 Abrahm Gottlob Werner Medal of the Mineralogical Society of Germany (Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft) for outstanding research achievements.
  • 1972 Fellow of the Meteoritical Society.
  • 1973 Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America.
  • 1975 Fellow of the Geological Society of America.
  • 1965 Member of the Mineralogical Soceity of Germany (Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft).